The industry agrees that circularity (circular textiles) will be a theme of growing importance for the apparel industry. In the drive to reduce costs without sacrificing performance, reducing industry pressure on the environment and ensuring the availability of resources in the future, recycling and other forms of circularity can clearly hit all birds with one stone. But despite its huge potential, in the long and fragmented supply chains making up the apparel industry, large scale implementation of circularity is hugely difficult.
The problem with a circular process is that you can start anywhere in the circle. So, it is very much a case of successful global supply chain coordination and therefore the perfect subject to address at a global Convention for the entire apparel chain. Also, a successful implementation of circular textiles in the apparel industry will therefore require systemic changes. Just improving waste collection alone will not do the trick. Neither will starting on the demand side for recycled fibres without solving the problem of limited supply.
So, Diamond sponsor of the Convention C&A Foundation is investing in investigating and enabling the necessary systemic changes to take place. With the C&A Foundation, IAF and Modint are therefore shaping one of the sessions at the IAF Convention in Maastricht to deal with systemic changes in the apparel industry necessary to achieve a substantial transition to a more circular use of textiles. We are very excited about this partnership because it allows us to really use the stage of the IAF Convention to inspire participants about a desirable future for our industry, one that is better for all and that can be achieved only by global collaboration.
As we shape this sessions and also the other sessions of the Convention we shall be informing you on this website of the Convention’s content as we create it with our partners.